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Man gets finger reattached after leaving it behind at Anderson Co. crime scene

The finger was reportedly transported to UT Medical Center along with Seeber and the suspect was questioned.
Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 6:19 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 3:46 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An East Tennessee man is in jail after he was accused of stealing a log splitter from Anderson County. Deputies said they were led to him after he left his finger and a cell phone behind.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s office, deputies reported to the 900 block of Batley Road in the Marlow community after receiving reports of a stolen log splitter Thursday around 9:00 a.m.

The owner of the property told deputies after noticing tools and other items scattered at the end of the property driveway; he also discovered the suspect’s finger and a cell phone.

The sheriff’s office said as part of the investigation, deputies called around to area hospitals to locate a patient with a missing finger, leading them to 50-year-old Hugh John Seeber, who was “dropped off at the Methodist Medical Center Emergency Room around 4 a.m. with a finger missing," ACSO said.

The finger was reportedly transported to UT Medical Center along with Seeber and the suspect was questioned.

Seeber was arrested and charged with felony theft of property.

“I am very proud of the work our guys did today. Mr. Seeber’s finger pointed us in the right direction which led to him being charged,” Anderson County Sheriff, Russell Barker said.

Seeber reportedly underwent surgery to reattach the finger and released from the hospital Friday evening.

Seeber was booked into the Anderson County Jail on Oct. 23 and charged with theft of property of $1,000 to $2,500.

“You just can’t make up the odd things that we find at crime scenes,” District Attorney General, Dave Clark said.

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